The First Beaufort Junior Cotillion program begins on Sunday, August 26. There are a few openings for the first class. The high impact program is designed to improve students’ social skills. Fourth through ninth grade students are presented a character education, etiquette and social dance training. Classes include monthly dances and events from August through January, which are held at the Grand Hall, The Old Arsenal, 701 Craven Street.
The strength of the program is its hands-on approach to teaching. The students have an opportunity through repetition to recollect social skills that will be a valuable asset throughout their life, says Director, Mary Kennerty. With practice students become “esteemed” and self-confident with their social behavior.
The social skills components, which range from first impressions to formal table manners are organized in the course notebooks and monthly homework is assigned and checked. The children learn the South Carolina state dance, the Charleston Shag, along with ballroom dancing and a line dance. To register for the upcoming Season, please call Director, Mary Kennerty at 843-881-8755 or register online at www.nljc.com.
By Celia Strong
And off we go to Napa. Let’s face it–any time any of us get to go to Napa is a good time. It’s beautiful, it’s fun (even if you’re working), it’s full of good restaurants and, of course, some great wines. Somehow, $50 in Napa for a bottle of wine doesn’t seem like as much as $50 here for a bottle. Must be something in the air out there. Or maybe they pump something into the airplane air vents so that when you land you’re ready. Whatever it is, we’re all ready for our next trip.
Napa is a small city located at the southern end of Napa County. The word “napa” is from a Native American language that has been translated as “grizzly bear” (possibly why a bear is the California state animal), but it’s also translated as “house” and “motherland.” In prehistoric times, the valley was inhabited by Patwin and maybe Wappo Native American tribes. These tribes lived mostly on the floodplains and for food gathered acorns, nuts, earthworms, grasshoppers and California buckeye kernels that they ground to make bread. The maximum prehistoric population probably didn’t exceed 5,000. (That’s really a lot of nuts and worms when you think about it.) In 1776, when the east coast was fighting our Revolutionary War, the Spanish, coming up from Mexico, built a small fort just northwest of Napa. In the early nineteenth century, Russian settlers from Sonoma County let their cattle and sheep graze in Napa Valley. In 1841, a plaque was placed on the summit of Mount Saint Helena. The first Europeans to explore Napa came in 1823, and the first white settlers arrived in the early 1830’s. They found six different tribes, with six different dialects, living in the valley. Unfortunately, the settlers brought outside diseases with them and most of the natives died from a smallpox epidemic in 1838. More settlers came, including George Calvert Yount, who is thought to be the first Anglo-Saxon settler in Napa and, when he died in 1865 (Civil War time in the East and South) the town of Yountville was named after him. In 1859, the first commercial winery in the county was opened. The descendants of many of the first vineyard workers and owners stayed active in the business and today many of their names are still part of the wines and wineries we’re familiar with. When you visit Napa County, it’s some of this history at each winery that makes them so special.
One of the best known AVAs in Napa County is the Stags Leap District, 2,700 acres located about six miles north of the city of Napa. This was the first appellation to receive AVA status, in 1989, because of its unique soil characteristics–loam and clay sediments from the Napa River and volcanic soil deposits left over from the erosion of the Vaca Mountains. Like many Napa AVAs, Stags Leap is known for its Cabernets. In 1976, at the Judgement of Paris wine tasting, a 1973 Cab from this AVA won first place in the red wine category. Grapes were planted in the district as early as the 1870’s and the first winery there was founded in 1878. The first Cabernet grapes were planted in 1961, interestingly on the land that would become the winery that won the Paris competition. The name for Stags Leap comes from an old legend about a hunting party that lost a great stag because it leaped from peak to peak on the hills in this part of Napa. Stags Leap Cabernet wines are unique because they are sturdy yet delicate, strong but with finesse, powerful and still elegant and graceful. Blah blah. They are also not cheap.
But, now, guess what! All this great history and our winery for this week located in Napa was established just 10 years ago. Yikes! But, for 10 years they have made great wines. Cliff Lede (pronounced LAY-dee) was born in Edmonton, Canada and grew up making “basement” wine with his mother. In his late 20’s he began hanging around a local wine shop. One of his early tastes was Ducru-Beaucaillou, a Bordeaux that he fell in love with and that started him collecting Bordeaux wines in 1982. After many trips to France, and one to Napa in 1997, Lede decided he had to have a piece of winemaking for himself. Being a runner and realizing he could run in shorts in February in Napa, the decision was made and he started looking for his opportunity. His search ended with a 60 acre property in the Stags Leap District in Napa. Established in 2002, the winery for Cliff Lede Vineyards was completed in 2005, all state-of-the-art with gravity flow for the juice crushed from the grapes, a berry-by-berry sorting system and conical tanks inspired by Chateau Latour in Bordeaux. By using one tank for each vineyard block, each lot of grapes is sure to become everything it can and should be, each at its own speed. The wines are barrel aged in single layer of barrels so that each barrel can be reached as needed. Part of his 60 acres includes a valley floor vineyard called Twin Peaks Ranch. The soil of the ranch is varied and used with different clones, root stock varieties and is the base of their Cabernet Sauvignon program. The rest of the property is hillsides–steep, facing southwest, high exposure vineyards that reach from the highest part of Stags Leap AVA to the valley floor. And, yes Cliff Lede is known for its Cabernet wines.
But, we’re in a heat wave this summer and we’re going to look at Cliff Lede’s Sauvignon Blanc. This grape is part of the same family as Cabernet, so of course it does well in the same growing conditions. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc started with a really wet winter that kept the soil moist into spring. The vines responded with lots of leaves but a moderate quantity of berries. Cool temperatures from spring through to harvest made it one of coolest years in Napa wine history. This coolness slowed the berries’ development, delayed harvest by two or three weeks and yielded low sugar levels in many of the grapes. A portion of the Sauvignon Blanc used to make this wine comes from a vineyard in the southeastern hills of Napa that has silty impoverished soils, and its grapes have austerity and brightness that grapes from richer soils can’t. The fruit for this wine was all harvested by hand and arrived at the winery at dawn. Meticulous hand sorting lead some of the grapes to whole cluster, gentle pressing and some to sixteen hour skin contact before they were pressed. The wine was aged on its lees with no secondary, malolacitc, fermentation. All of this extra work makes the Cliff Lede an amazing Sauvignon Blanc. It has apple and Meyer lemon aromas with floral notes including peach blossoms. Then tropical notes come like pineapple and lychee nuts all with a mineral support. The wine is rich and long and luscious so all the extra steps and work pay off. And at about $25 a bottle it’s really a pretty good deal. But, you guessed it! We have a better deal for you. A special $19.99 price. I’ve already enjoyed my first couple of bottles, and I have another chilled and ready. Now it’s your turn. Visit Napa from your own house. Enjoy.
By Terry Sweeney
You know there are some fabulous yet inexpensive California white wines that pair beautifully with the biggest stars in the shrimp world: prawns. Or so I thought. But I was wrong. Not about the wine of course, but Professor Google informs me that a prawn is actually a completely different species in the lobster family found quite far from these parts. Down here, what many people are calling prawns are actually jumbo shrimp pretending they’re prawns! Well I guess the same thing happens in x-rated movies. That pizza guy who’s delivering a lot more than pizza isn’t really an employee of a legitimate pizza chain, and it’s certainly doubtful that the busty, naughty nurse in the white stilettos ever graduated from a reputable nursing school with her degree. It’s all pretend. I even double checked with a local shrimper who confirmed our juicy southern jumbo shrimp are just good actors. He told me there are even bigger shrimp on the way however. Apparently, huge tiger shrimp have started to swim our way from Asia. But heck, they’re not prawns either.
So instead, let’s just have some good, clean fun with the jumbo shrimp we have and its soulmate–white wine. There are three go-to white wines that I always serve with this very tasty recipe for skewered citrus garlic prawns (aka jumbo shrimp down here) that you can prepare on your barbecue grill. You’ve heard me mention these wines before and in some instances even dedicate entire columns to them. The first is Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc…the tart crispness of this most refreshing wine always enhances any fish or shellfish you serve it with. It’s under $20 but drinks like a far more expensive white. Picpoul de Pinet is another fabulous French tarty girl from the Languedoc region in the south of France. The cool, moist winds of the Mediterranean blow across the limestone plateaus of this area and give it a tantalizing minerality that screams, “Gimme shrimp!” You’ll also be thrilled with the price tag as it’s under $15. And the last choice for me is Joel Gott Chardonnay. It’s the perfect choice for any shrimp lover. I like that Joel’s white Chardonnay is unoaked. I feel it is the perfect antidote for the sometimes buttery mess that shrimp and lobster can sometimes get themselves into. But then again I’m an unoaked kind of guy, so it suits me just fine. If you crave oaky, buttery chardonnay, go buy one! And tell everyone they can kiss your shrimp grits! I put wine in this recipe that follows because I think it enhances all the other ingredients. But heck, I’d put wine on my cereal if I could, so you know where I stand. The best part of these skewered shrimp is how fast they can be prepared. Do not over marinate or overcook them. Again, remember the recipe calls for prawns, but we know jumbo shrimp is what we are using till some darn prawn swims the shell over here!
Crews are busy working on the new face of the Beaufort County courthouse. This project, approved back in April by Beaufort County Council, is under way and those coming to the courthouse will notice some changes. The biggest change will be walking into the main entrance. Anyone needing to come to the Beaufort County courthouse will park in the main parking lot and walk up the sidewalk between the courthouse and administration building. Once they reach the top of the sidewalk they will detour onto a driveway and walk around the construction. There are signs showing the way.
Ground broke last week on the $13,430,500 project. Construction will involve the removal of the existing exterior and replacing it with a new one. The existing roof will also be replaced along with the outside doors and windows. The entrance and back balcony will also look different when the project is complete. Both are being enclosed providing additional office space.
This multi-million dollar project is to fix water damage as a result of defective construction back in 1998. Monies received by the county from a lawsuit filed for that defective construction will go towards today’s renovations.
Fraser Construction of Bluffton is conducting the work. The renovation is expected to last roughly 15 months.
The above drawing produced by Glick Boehm Architects of Charleston shows what the Courthouse will look like once completed.
In a unanimous vote Beaufort County Council approved funds to buy the first phase of a two parcel piece of land on the headwater of the Okatie River in Bluffton. The land located on Highway 278 and the Okatie River, including the land east and west of the Hampton Parkway ,will now be left undeveloped.
Before the purchase, this land was zoned for residential and commercial use through the Buckwalter Planned Unit Development Agreement. Development along the River is a concern for preservation groups after the SC Department of Health deemed it an impaired waterway back in 1995. Since then no shell fishing has been allowed due to pollutants found in the water. Experts say the pollutants can be attributed to rapid development of land and quick growth in the area.
The land owners were interested in conserving the land, and after long negotiations with the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program, they agreed to sell the properties at a bargain price. The $1.8M for Phase I is approximately 75% of its appraised value. The owner has agreed to Beaufort County buying Phase 1 as well as options to buy the final 2 parcels in Phase II, after the November bond referendum. The second and third parcels of land will be purchased for $1.5M and $1.4M respectively, less than 75% of appraised value.
The purchase of land includes 30 acres of uplands with all of the freshwater wetlands and salt marsh associated with the properties. It will effectively extend the Okatie Regional Park around the entirety of the river’s headwater, creating a regional open space and natural preserve for the residents of Beaufort County.
For more information regarding the land purchase please contact Garrett Budds at the Beaufort County Open Land Trust at 843-521-2175.
Providing the most comprehensive, quality breast services locally is the goal of Dr. Perry Burrus, a board certified surgeon with a special interest in breast care who was recently named the hospital’s Breast Program Leader.
As the hospital’s Breast Program Leader Dr. Burrus is assembling a team of specialists from a variety of specialties – oncology, radiology and social services, to name a few – to evaluate and create services that address the fullest scope of a woman’s breast health needs.
“We’ve developed an expectation among ourselves and the women we serve to provide an outstanding level of breast care, right here in our community,” says Dr. Burrus, who is a part of Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists.
The team is working with Duke University to develop the program, and is following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines to ensure that each woman receives the most current and widely accepted screening and treatment recommendations.
“By bringing together the best minds across all of the services that a woman encounters in her breast health journey, we can ensure that the care we provide meets all of her needs,” he says.
Dr. Burrus and his surgical partners at Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists were integral to the development of the Women’s Imaging Center at Beaufort Memorial, which opened last August. The team sees patients there during the week to offer convenient breast consultations, and Dr. Burrus and partner Deanna Mansker, MD, recently began seeing breast patients in Bluffton at the Beaufort Memorial Bluffton Medical Services office in Westbury Park.
In addition to being the Breast Program Leader, Dr. Burrus holds positions on the hospital’s Cancer Committee and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) responsible for reviewing, approving, and opening access to national clinical trials locally.
Dr. Burrus earned his medical degree and completed his surgical residency at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed a fellowship in plastic surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
He is board-certified by the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, South Carolina Medical Association, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Moretz Surgical Society, and the American Board of Surgery.
To learn more visit www.bmhsc.org or call Beaufort Memorial Surgical Specialists at (843) 524-8171.
Organizers hope the schedule of events planned for the third annual Lt. Dan Weekend in Beaufort will attract thousands of participants and generate lots of support for wounded veterans.
LDW3 activities begin with a silent auction and banquet on Wednesday, September 13 at the Holiday Inn on Boundary Street, Beaufort. It will feature internationally known professional fishermen O’Neill Williams of NBC Sports and Flip Pallot of The Outdoor Channel and other networks. The two will also lead fishing clinics Thursday, September 13 at Palm Key Nature Resort in Ridgeland.
A golf tournament is scheduled Friday, September 14 at Sanctuary Golf course on Cat Island and a family-friendly ‘Vetpalooza’ concert is planned that evening at Waterfront Park in Beaufort. The concert is $10 and free for those with military ID cards. It will feature performances by rock musicians who are also disabled veterans including Lt Col Mike Corrado, USMC, double amputee Dale Beatty and Outlaw 21. Country star Rockie Lynn, whose single ‘Lipstick” made the top 30, will headline.
A cycling competition and 5K run is scheduled Saturday, September 15 at MCAS. A concert by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will culminate the list of fundraising events that evening at 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Funds raised from all events and the sale of American “Freedom Flag” keepsakes will benefit the non-profit Independence Fund, which provides equipment and services to badly wounded veterans of recent wars. For more information or to register for any of these events, visit www.ldw3.com.
The Island News is a proud sponsor of the L. Dan Weekend 3.
LDW3 Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 12: LDW3 Silent Auction and Banquet at Holiday Inn, 6 p.m.
O’Neill Williams, host of the popular television series, “O’Neill Outside” will be joined by legendary fly fisherman and author, Flip Pallot, star and host of Ford’s Fishing Frontiers and the Walker’s Cay Chronicles as guests of honor at the LDW3 Silent Auction and Banquet. This will be an opportunity to hear and meet two fishing legends and American hero, Jesse Acosta, who was blinded during a mortar attack in Iraq in 2006. One hundred healing heroes and their caregivers will also be in attendance. Tickets are $75. An additional, optional donation of $25 will help provide a meal for a veteran or caregiver.
Earlier on Wednesday, Williams will film a segment “O’Neill Outside” with Acosta as his guest and Captain Tuck Scott from Baystreet Outfitters. They will be fishing and filming on the Broad River.
Thursday, Sept. 13: Fly Casting Clinic at Palm Key Nature Resort, 12 p.m.
Flip Pallot will conduct a fly casting clinic for the public. The cost is $100.00 and space is limited. Also at noon, O’Neill Williams will conduct bass/redfish fishing clinics. Other activities include a fly tying seminar for the vets and a limited number of public participants led by John Holbrook and members of the Sea Island Fly Fishers Club. Participants will learn to tie a variation of the Bay Street Bunny. The variation, conceived by Tony Royal, will have purple eyes to signify the Purple Heart, a green body signifying the renewal of our troops and a pink tail signifying the love our nation feels for our valiant men and women in arms.
Friday, Sept. 14: 3rd Annual Lt Dan Golf Classic (Scramble) at Cat Island, 9:30 a.m.
3rd Annual Lt Dan Golf Classic (Scramble) begins with check-in and late registration (subject to availability) at 9:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Green fees, cart, on-course water, lunch and prizes are included. There will be three flights and prizes for the top two foursomes in each flight. All par threes will be closest to the pin prize opportunities; there will be a putting contest and a longest drive prize for men and women as well. There are only 110 golfing slots available (we anticipate a number of healing heroes will also play) so early sign up is recommended. The cost is $80 per person through August 14 (paid online or post marked by that date) and $100 thereafter. For more information visit www.ldw4.com or contact Robert deTreville at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 379-8877 (home), (843) 473-5165 (cell).
For those who don’t wish to golf, professional guides from Bay Street Outfitters, along with members from the Sea Island Fly Fishers Club and the Beaufort Sportfish and Dive Club will be available to take veterans fishing during the day on Friday.
Friday, Sept. 14: Vetpalooza Military Tribute Concert, at Waterfront Park, Beaufort, 7 p.m.
A family-friendly “Vetpalooza” concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Waterfront Park. It will feature performances by Lt Col Mike Corrado, USMC, and his band “Machine Gun” from Wilmington, NC, Iraq veteran and double amputee Dale Beatty and Outlaw 21. 82nd Airborne Division veteran Rockie Lynn and his band will headline the show. Rockie Lynne has appeared nationally on “Good Morning America,” The Grand Ole Opry “Live” and Fox News. His debut single, “Lipstick,” was a top 30 hit. Admission is $10 and free for active duty military and their families.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Independence Ride and 5K Run at MCAS, 8 a.m.
Cycling is one of the best vehicles for breaking down the barriers between the able-bodied and disabled communities. For the veterans, many of whom have not been physically challenged since their injuries, the competition brings back memories and the sense of accomplishment from their days of doing 25-mile hikes. Their participation, in spite of their challenges, shows that they can still do it. Riding alongside able-bodied participants further empowers them and the experience is life changing for all.
On- site registration opens at 8 a.m. at MCAS, Beaufort. Participants may also register online at
http://www.active.com/running/beaufort-sc/ldw3-independence-5k-run-and-ride-2012. Registration before Aug. 17 guarantees a t-shirt. Cost is $25 for active duty military and $30 for others.
Saturday, Sept. 15: Lt Dan Band Concert at Waterfront Park, Beaufort, 7 p.m.
The finale of LDW3 will be the Lt. Dan Band concert with opening performances by Bounty Hunter, a Beaufort band with a large local following, and Nashville recording artist Berry Michael. Gary Sinise and his Lt Dan Band will begin at 8:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on Sept 15. This year marks the third that Sinise and his band have performed for The Independence Fund in support of severely wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Purchase by Sept.7: Freedom Flags
The Independence Fund is also raising money through the sales of American “Freedom Flags.” The flags are being sold for $100 and will line Beaufort’s Waterfront Park during the Lt. Dan Weekend. The 12” x 18” American-made flags will be individualized with the name of the business, organization or individual the purchaser wishes to honor. They will be secured to the fence surrounding the concert at the park. After the final show, purchasers may take their flag home as a keepsake or flags will be mailed to them. Purchase online at www.ldw3.com.
The Independence Fund, Inc. EIN (Tax ID Number): 26-0322088 W: 434.409.0506 www.independencefund.org.
By Mark Siegel, MD, FAAO
Patients who had cataract removal surgery were found to have a 16% decrease in the risk of hip fracture compared with patients who did not undergo the procedure, according to an observational study of more than 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
The association was even more profound in patients with severe cataracts, demonstrating a 23% reduction in 1-year hip fracture odds.
The study tracked hip fracture incidence in a cohort of Medicare patients from 2002 to 2009. The medical records of 410,809 patients who had cataracts removed surgically were analyzed for hip fractures that occurred within 1 year of the surgery. These data were then compared with hip fracture incidence in a matched group of patients who had cataracts but did not have cataract surgery.
The results were published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The researchers recommend future prospective studies using standardized registries of patients with cataracts to help further elucidate the association between cataract surgery and fracture risk.
Cataract surgery has already been demonstrated to be a cost-effective intervention for visual improvement. The results in this study suggest the need for further investigation of the additional potential benefit of cataract surgery as a cost-effective intervention to decrease the incidence of fractures in the elderly.
In addition, the study suggests that patients should never be considered too old to have cataract surgery. In fact, the greatest reduction in hip fracture risk was in patients who had cataract surgery when they were in their 80s!
By Cherimie Crane Weatherford
Preparations begin as parents, students, teachers and the orchestra of school participants fine-tune their instruments. Expectations abound as empty classrooms turn into technological time zones, artistic murals and eras of notable past. There is something magical about the first day of school, a clean slate, an empty notebook; and the anticipation of friendships, adventures and new opportunities surround the doors of elementary, middle and high schools alike. Summer flip flops give way to sneakers, beach towels bow to gym bags and camps take a back seat to campus. School can be the best place a child goes just as easily as it can be worst.
With a fiery red temper, a face full of freckles and an affinity for independence, first days of school were always a memorable event. My parent’s commitment to unusual names never did me any favors. The dreaded roll call was mere torture regardless of the impressive list of degrees attached to the teacher’s name; they were almost guaranteed to butcher mine. Without fail, new consonants, syllables, even gender were certain to arise from the mispronunciation of my homeroom teacher, which in turn would be my beloved nickname for an entire excruciating year. This unavoidable annual character-building event taught me the art of forgiveness and the skill of tolerance. My entire sixth grade year I was known as the Cher-min-nator. Lovely.
Like most children, I survived first days of school and somehow managed to graduate with more personality, less dignity and a plethora of character-building moments. School has always been school. In its simplest of forms it is preparation for a life of trials, tribulations, mundane material and chaos. Occasionally there are teachable moments, but mostly it is about survival. Debates thrive on the differences of the schools of the past versus the schools of today. However, I do believe school hasn’t really changed all that much. Possibly kids and parents have changed, but lockers still squeak, desks are still morbidly uncomfortable, no one is particularly fond of cafeteria casserolen and there is always one teacher who smells like paste. It is practice for just about every possible scenario in life.
Learning early on that some people wake up each morning for no other reason than to spread misery is an important school age realization; although disappointing, it is a fact of life. Mastering the art of mustering interest in the world’s least interesting subject is a gift that keeps on giving. Becoming fluent in excuses, creative in conflict and miraculous in time management are far greater skills than diagraming a sentence. Obtaining the ability to tolerate a mixed bag of peculiar personalities crammed comfortably in a small room is proper training for almost any career.
Of course Algebra is important, if for no other reason than to rule out any profession dealing mainly in numbers just as English lays the foundation for proper form when communicating complaints or addressing a jury. It is an experience all must endure to ensure the growth and stability of the mental health industry, the continued need for Dr. Phil and the survival of the fashion icon—the ever so functional backpack.
Parents don’t forget your own experiences and students no amount of complaining or conveniently acquired aches will relieve you of your time inside the microcosm of society. If a freckled-faced farm girl with a name like Cherimie can survive twelve grueling first days, there is hope. Buckle in and hold on, the year is just beginning.
By Danette Vernon
If you have ever heard someone say in regard to their temper, or weight, or the early onset of diabetes, “Well, it’s my genetics,” what you heard in that moment…was somewhat of a myth. Something that you may have learned in school, that no longer exists as pure fact.
In truth, for every ill, or for every thought you have that requires a chemical reaction, and they all do, your cells do the work, not your genetics. If you are on the verge of a temper tantrum, your cells send a message throughout your body to increase your heart rate, deepen your breath, shut down stomach processes, etc. And if your body detects an infection, the same, your cells post a message to all areas of concerns, communiqués to fight, to heal.
The ONLY time your cells access your genes, your internal blueprint, is when they have to replace a cell, or when they have come up with a response that they have never dealt with before. Your genes merely wait to provide information, your cells reflect YOU, what you eat, drink, and think, every day, and that is the science of Epigenics. You are not your genes, you are your responses to your environment. But it goes deeper than that.
Here is reality: what you do, what you eat, actually affects the genetics that you pass on to your children or grandchildren. If you eat junk food, regular meals at fast food restaurants, consume ready-made foods, GMO’s and genetically modified foods, foods laden with pesticide; or if you focus on all of the evil in the world, never easing up on yourself or giving yourself a day full of gratitude, or even a moment of joy, it’s not just you, in your time, that is affected. It’s your genetic material that is affected.
“In 2005 scientists from Spain that studied Epigenetics showed why twins with identical DNA might develop completely different medical problems. And this is very important because conventional medicine wants us to believe that many diseases are out of our own control, that beautiful and healthy people are just a matter of luck and genetic chance.
The study showed that “if one twin smokes, drinks and eats nothing but junk food while the other takes care of her body, the two sets of DNA are getting entirely different chemical ‘lessons’–one is getting a balanced education when the other is getting schooled in the dirty streets of chemical chaos.”
In her book Deep Nutrition, Catherine Shanahan, MD, talks about how genes are affected by the foods we eat:
“Epigenetic researchers study how our genes react to our behavior, and they’ve found that just about everything we eat, think, breathe, or do can, directly or indirectly, trickle down to touch the gene and affect its performance in some way. Not only does what we eat affect us down to the level of our genes, our physiques have been sculpted, in part, by the foods our parents and grandparents ate (or didn’t eat) generations ago.
So take a deep breath, have an organic carrot stick, and strengthen generations to come.